19 athletes named to Canada's snowboard team
Members of Canada’s snowboard Olympic team pose with Bonhomme as the team was unveiled in Quebec City on Jan. 21, 2014. From left, Marianne Leeson, Alex Duckworth, Mercedes Nicoll, Jenna Blasman, Katie Tsuyuki, Arianne Lavigne and Caroline Calve. (Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:10PM EST
QUEBEC -- Defending Olympic gold medallist Jasey-Jay Anderson and 2010 Olympians Dominique Maltais and Caroline Calve are among 19 athletes added to Canada's Olympic snowboard team.
Anderson, from Mont-Tremblant, Que., claimed gold in the men's parallel giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and is a four-time world champion.
Maltais, from Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, Que., won bronze in snowboardcross at the 2006 Turin Games and silver at the 2013 world championships. She'll be looking to rebound for a disappointing Olympics in 2010 where she failed to qualify for the snowboardcross final.
Calve, from Aylmer, Que., became the first Canadian to win a women's parallel giant slalom world cup event in 2011 at Carezza, Italy. She recently took gold there again in December.
"Going to Sochi is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that I am honoured to have been chosen for," Calve said. "I have been working on perfecting my game for such a long time now and am excited to be competing against the world's best.
"It will be an honour to be representing Canada at the Olympics."
Also named were:
- Jenna Blasman (Kitchener, Ont.);
- Alexandra Duckworth (Kingsburg, N.S.);
- Ariane Lavigne (Lac Superieur, Que.);
- Marianne Leeson (Burlington, Ont.);
- Mercedes Nicoll (Whistler, B.C.);
- Katie Tsuyuki (Toronto);
- Rob Fagan (Cranbrook, B.C.);
- Kevin Hill (Vernon, B.C.);
- Jake Holden (Caledon, Ont.);
- Michael Lambert (Toronto);
- Crispin Lipscomb (Whistler, B.C.);
- Derek Livingston (Aurora, Ont.);
- Brad Martin (Ancaster, Ont.);
- Matt Morison (Burketon, Ont.);
- Maxence Parrot (Bromont, Que.); and
- Charles Reid (Mont-Tremblant).
They will join defending Olympic snowboardcross champion Maelle Ricker of West Vancouver, B.C., and first-time Olympians Mark McMorris of Regina, Sebastien Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, B.C., and Calgary's Chris Robanske, who were named to the team earlier this month.